U.S. Soccer Roster: 64 players called into 'Futures Camp'

Sixty-four boys born in 2002 and 2003 are in U.S. Soccer’s first Boys’ National Team Futures Camp of 2017 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. Soccer launched the Futures program in 2015 to focus on players who appear to be on a later physical development path or are born in the second half of the year. The aim is to avoid the pitfalls of the relative age effect.

The camp will expose players “to a hyper-focused curriculum formulated around highlighting each player’s unique talents while challenging them to improve decision-making and speed of play, raise tactical awareness, and improve technical execution.”

The program is run by U.S. Soccer Director of Talent Identification Tony Lepore.

2002 Futures Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bobocea (New York Red Bulls; Glen Oaks, N.Y.), Khamari Culcleasure (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), William Evans (D.C. United; McLean, Va.).
DEFENDERS (8): Ori Bitton (Real So Cal; Agoura Hills, Calif.), Amir Daley (New York Red Bulls; Elmont, N.Y.), Jahlane Forbes (Orlando City SC; Clermont, Fla.), Carl Hartman (Richmond United; Richmond, Va.), Daniel Miller (D.C. United; Dunkirk, Md.), John Michael Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.), Cole Verrico (Philadelphia Union; Kennett Square, Pa.), Omar Wahba (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.).
MIDFIELDERS (18): Matthew Acosta (New York Red Bulls; Annandale, N.J.), Gavin Brose (Vardar; Livonia, Mich.); Jackson Castro (Solar Chelsea SC; Plano, Texas), Alejandro Coury (New England Revolution; Yarmouth, Maine), Cade Cowan (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Maxwel De-Bodene (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Gee (Ballistic United; Hillsborough, Calif.), Tayvon Grey (Cedar Stars Academy - Bergan; Bronx, N.Y.), Christopher Hernandez (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Tucker Lepley (Charalotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, N.C.), Andrew Maia (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Mario Penagos (Sacramento Republic FC; Elk Grove, Calif.), Pablo Salazar Jr. (LA Galaxy; La Puente, Calif.), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.), Benjamin Smith (Real Colorado; Centennial, Colo.), Nathan Stricker (PA Classics; Sinking Spring, Pa.), Jackson Temple (Continental FC DELCO; Millville, Pa.), Wan Kuzri Wan Kamal (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Carbondale, Ill.).
FORWARDS (3): Kyle Gee (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, N.C.), Michael Tsicoulias (New England Revolution; Newton, Mass.), Griffin Yow (Virginia Development Academy; Clifton, Va.).

2003 Futures Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Pablo Andrade (Albion SC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jackson Leavitt (Solar Chelsea SC; Allen, Texas), Andre Zuluaga (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (6): Amir Acree (D.C. United; Washington, D.C.), Jack Anderson (New England Revolution; Holyoke, Mass.), Daniel Edelman (Players Development Academy; Warren, N.J.), Jakob Friedman (New York Red Bulls; Syosset, N.Y.), Noah Laureano (Arlington Soccer Association; Annandale, Va.), Michael Lenis (Weston, FC; Weston, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (18): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), Ethan Bellek (Colorado Storm; Timnath, Colo.), Cole Cruthers (Portland Timbers; Beaverton, Ore.), Alejandro De Villena (Atlanta United FC; Jefferson, Ga.), Christian Dominguez (World Class FC; Rock Tavern, N.Y.), Francisco Espinoza Jr. (Chicago Fire; Blue Island, Ill.), Anthony Hernandez (Crew SC Academy; Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Luke Hille Capital Area Railhawks - CASL; Cary, N.C.), Jack Jasinski (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, N.C.), Ryan Kipness (New York City FC; Stamford, Conn.), Cole Mooney (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Orlando Monroy (Sereno Soccer Club; Tempe, Ariz.), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; South Ridge, Va.), Nicholas Pariano (Crew SC Academy Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Blake Pope (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas), Noah Radecki (Beachside SC; New Canaan, Conn.), Aiden Semelsberger (Rio Rapids SC; Los Alamos, N.M.), Damon Smargon (San Diego Surf FC; San Diego, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Micah Cain (Philadelphia Union; Pottstown, Pa.), Peter Carriker (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Johnny Perez (LA Galaxy; Pico Rivera, Calif.), Mateo Stoka (Sockers FC; Fox Point, Wis.), Gavin Williams (Georgia United; Cumming, Ga.).

5 comments about "U.S. Soccer Roster: 64 players called into 'Futures Camp' ".
  1. Quarterback TD, May 31, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

    There is a showcase in a few weeks and anyone with some level of thinking would have waited to see the players performance before making this selection. Sometimes I think these low level USSF coaches are absolutely stupid.

  2. P R replied, June 1, 2017 at 3:06 p.m.

    What do you mean by "There is a showcase in a few weeks"? Do you mean a showcase tournament? Do you think these players were picked sight unseen?

  3. frank schoon, May 31, 2017 at 5:59 p.m.

    Sounds like another money making racket , like the Academies...I wonder how much they charge parents for the honor of being picked...

  4. Rudy Acree replied, June 4, 2017 at 1:21 a.m.

    All expenses were paid for by US Soccer. Scouts have been consistently watching these players perform since, at least, the Fall of 2016. I'm not sure what the complaints are surrounding the camp and this group of players.

  5. Ric Fonseca, June 1, 2017 at 11:41 p.m.

    For the past several bunch of hours since I first read this piece, I've been debating whether or not to even comment on the topic, and yet the mere lack of comments - save the three above - tells me that the readership doesn't give a good you-know-diddly-wop about the "Futures Camp." Or am I wrong? However, I feel that even though there will only be a couple comments, I simply cannot sit idly by and not say squat, though I shall try to be as brief, succinct and to the point - as an old history professor was wont to say. OK. But first, congratulations to the 64 players, though this is as far as I will go. MY critique has to do to the completely bizarre and totally unbalanced selection of players: whereas the majority of them hail from east of the Mighty Mo River - at least less than 1%, and even more troubling for me, less than 1% are of Hispanic/Latino/Latin American heritage or whatever the hell you want to label them. Dammit, is US Soccer that bloody blind to the mere fact that there are hundreds and thousands of players from West of the Mississippi and Great Divide? To say the least, I am beyond pissed off or even dismayed in noting that the so called organizers of the so called U.S. soccer's "Boys National Team Futures" were unable to scour the rest of the country or even look for local Latino talent within the boundaries of this great and vast country of ours. And yet, the following day SA featured two young Mexican American players that recently participated in LIGA MX's championship games, proudly writing about them, but nary a mention or word of their possible selection to US teams (with exceptions, of course!) And yet, here we have (I say here because I don't live too tar from CSUuniv Dom Hil;ls in Carson, home of the NT Center) 64 young guys with coaching and support staff soaking up our wonderful Southern California sun. Oh hell man, one could surmise that I am pissed, and you bet yer sweet bippy I am, 'cause we could just as easily find 64 equally talented '02 and '03 boys within greater Los Angeles County - oh but wait, then someone else would write and complain that the rest of the country wasn't looked at. One thing for sure, is that I sure as heck hope that the Director of "Talent Identification," Tony Lepore answers this comment!

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